• New ‘momma’ feeling the stress

    After losing her dog a couple of months ago, my daughter Alexas got a new little puppy, a pug/terrier mix. Right now his name is Sasha but it changes daily as Alexas has been unable to come up with a name she’s happy with. We …

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  • Prayers for Sidney Randall

    Sidney Nicole Randall. We know her name and have committed her picture to memory, by now only associating it with the ominous phrase “missing teen.” Her ubiquitous story has captured the collective heartstrings of the community, as day after day passes without any sign of …

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  • Hulk, Sting to jump into ring Writer’s inner-child excited

    When I heard that Hulk Hogan and Sting were coming to the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro this Thursday, the 8-year-old in me couldn’t help but be excited. As a youngster I loved wrestling, watching it and “becoming” both characters when my …

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  • Walking to work? Good for you!

    While waiting at a stoplight the other day a man passed in front of me in those tall rubber boots like many wear who work in the chicken plants. He glanced at me and then put his head down. I wanted to roll my window …

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  • I miss Nick

    Dear Former Sen. Nick Wilson: I miss you. I miss political corruption. I miss the Good Old Boys. It’s mind-boggling for sure to even think it, say it or put it in print, but these days there are much scarier things afoot than political corruption …

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  • Farm fresh (and highly regulated) milk

    Last Friday, the state House Agriculture Committee voted against a proposal to allow Arkansas dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized milk. I can remember some 30 years ago when my family first got into 4-H, there were dozens of dairy farms in this county. Today, there …

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  • ‘Hello, this is Lacy’: Some dreams do come true

    What kid dreams of a job where she can answer telephones using a “phone voice” and thinks having her own stapler and tape dispenser on her very own desk along with paperwork to keep up with would be the cat’s meow? Twenty-some-odd years ago this …

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  • Ugly yards wanted

    While browsing though the Guard on Wednesday, I happened to notice in the House to House ad that the DIY Network show, “Desperate Landscapes” is looking for yards in need of a makeover. Licensed contractor and show host Jason Cameron is looking for some pretty …

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  • Buster: It was a good ride

    Fourteen years ago Buster found Heaven on Earth. For those of you who know my sister-in-law, you know that she doesn’t (always/most rarely/never) do things that make sense and has a mind of her own. So, when she announced she was getting a horse, I …

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  • Going back to having a monthly vehicle payment

    We are now the owners of a new monthly truck payment. After being without a vehicle payment for a year now, Gary and I are now beholden to the finance company for his new ride, and I admit I had not given much thought until …

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  • Out with the old is like therapy

    I was a collector long before I was ever a teen. I loved old glass Coke bottles, and collected them. Noteworthy newspapers, too (which should have been a foreshadowing of my future career), and I was always mindful of things that might not be worth …

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  • Old friend breathes new life into old story

    It stills feels like I am dreaming. A few days ago a woman left me a message on my website saying she was in search of Donetta Bradford who lived in Oklahoma. “She was friends with my daughter, Tiffany,” she wrote. A wave of emotion …

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